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Petit Verdot Blackberry Wine Slushy

I love wine slushies, but my husband isn’t such a fan.  Most of the time they are too sweet for him, and he’d rather just have a glass of red.  So for Father’s Day, I wanted to create a slushy that wasn’t too sweet, and where the wine would really shine.  I came up with this Petit Verdot blackberry wine slushy, and he loves it!  There is only one added teaspoon of sugar, so the flavor of the wine comes through.  If you are looking for a wine slushy Dad will love, look no further. (more…)

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S’mores Frappuccino with Nutella Marshmallows

The line in the Starbucks drive-thru has been horrendous the last few weeks because the suns out and everyone and their mother is ordering a frappuccino.  I have strict guidelines for what I think should be allowed to be ordered in the drive-thru: no ordering for more than four people at a time, no ice cream or special order items (mainly at Burgerville), and no fancy coffee drinks at Starbucks.  If you have the time to wait for that stuff, you should go inside and let the rest of us order our kids meal or tall latte and get on our way. (more…)

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Lemon Pineapple Mint Wine Cooler

I’ve been working in my garden the last few days and have finally gotten around to planting my herbs.  I use herbs all over my garden because they are pretty indestructible and I don’t have to deadhead like most perennials or annuals, and unlike with vegetables, you can pick and use any time.  Plus, herbs are great for cocktails like this pineapple mint wine cooler. If you plant mint, you most certainly should do so in a container. (more…)

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Agave Lemon French 75 Cocktail

I used to tune in on the reg to watch Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee on Food Network.  While I thought she was a little over the top, I LOVED that she always had a cocktail time.  Back then, our Friday night usual was enjoying a cocktail recipe from her show while hanging on the back deck with friends.  Oh the days before kids!  A French 75 cocktail reminds me of a drink Sandra Lee would chug while decorating her “tablescape” and whipping up some dish in her microwave.  This is not her recipe, but I give her credit for the inspiration. (more…)

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The Best Sherry Cobbler Cocktail

Sherry is a style of wine made from the Palomino grape mostly in the area of Jerez, Spain.  The Palomino grape thrives in this area due to the hot climate and the chalky soil called Albarizo.  The grapes produce wine low in acid and that lack aroma which is a benefit for making sherry because oxidation and fortification add the main flavors to the wine. (more…)

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